Having seen his future in the Manchester City first team called into question recently, Sergio Aguero will be keen to offer a reminder of his quality in Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Monaco.
Despite not always featuring in Pep Guardiola’s first XI, the Argentina international has struck 18 times in 21 starts this season and is bet365’s 3/1 (4.00) favourite to open the scoring at the Etihad Stadium.
With six of those goals coming in European competition, 4/5 (1.80) anytime odds could offer solid value on a striker whose pedigree cannot be questioned.
Aguero’s failure to hold down a place in the team has partly been attributed to Guardiola’s preference for a fluid front three, with Gabriel Jesus looking like a better fit prior to his recent injury.
Should the former Bayern Munich boss choose to go down this route and leave Aguero on the bench yet again, then Kevin De Bruyne 7/5 (2.40), Leroy Sane 7/5 (2.40) or Nolito 7/5 (2.40) could prove effective options to play in the false nine role.
However, on current form Raheem Sterling looks like the best value bet to fire at 2/1 (3.00) after finding the net in two of his last four appearances, taking his tally into double figures for the campaign.
There will be no such selections headaches at the other end of the pitch for Leonardo Jardim, who has seen his side score 76 goals in 24 Ligue 1 fixtures this season – the best goals to game ratio in Europe’s top five leagues.
The best value could be with the free-scoring visitors here, and in particular, a man who has had his fair share of struggles in two ill-fated loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea in recent years. Now though, with 22 goals in 22 starts this season, Radamel Falcao is well worth backing at 7/4 (2.75) to add to his four goals from five European matches so far.
Likely to lead the line alongside Falcao, Valere Germain can be backed at 11/4 (3.75) to get on the scoresheet for the fourth time in Europe this campaign, while 18-year-old Kevin Mbappe-Lottin is also priced at 11/4 (3.75) to enhance his growing reputation even further with a first Champions League goal.
Having scored in both group stage wins over Tottenham, midfelder Thomas Lemar is also sure to attract plenty of attention at generous 5/1 (6.00) odds in what promises to be an entertaining encounter.